Nest of Tables, designed by Marcel Breuer (1926-1930)
Marcel Breuer became a master at the Bahaus 1924, when the cabinetmaking and metal workshops were combined. Within a short time, he began creating tubular steel furniture like these tables, which were designed to be mass produced. According to Breuer: "Metal furniture is part of modern space....Since the external world affects us today with the most intense and vairious impressions, we change the form of our lives in more rapid succession than in earlier times. It is only logical that our surroundings must undergo corresponding changes. We are approaching furnishings, spaces, and buildings which, to the greatest extent possible, are alterable, mobile, and accessible to various combinations."
German Bauhaus objects are characterized by their simple forms, clean lines, and inexpensive materials. A superb example of pure Bauhaus design, this adjustable table lamp is the only work by Christian Dell in an American collection. Dell held the position of Master Craftsman at the Dessau metal workshop, and the shape of the modern office light was largely developed by him.
Wagenfeld's lifelong dedication to the modern movement and its ideals of functionalism, simplicity and mass production are evident in this tea service first produced in the early '30s. Its clarity and purity convey a timeless quality, which no doubt accounts for its continued production. Brought to the Jenaer Glaswerk by its principal, Erich Schott, Wagenfeld was commissioned to design heat-resistant glass products such as this tea service.
Metropolis was directed by Austrian Fritz Lang and released in 1926. It was based on the novel of the same name by Lang's wife, Thea von Harbou. The story of class conflict and mechanization was set in the city of the future. Notable for its fantastic imagery and sets, the film reflected similar class tensions in Weimar and a widespread fascination with the modern and futuristic.